Sunday, December 16, 2012

Review: Velveteen by Daniel Marks

Title: Velveteen
Author: Daniel Marks
Reviewed by: Cassie
The Fairies Say: dark and delicious

Summary (from

Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that's not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it's not a fiery inferno, it's certainly no heaven. It's gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn't leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what's really on her mind.


Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she's figured out just how to do it. She'll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It'll be brutal . . . and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen's obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she's willing to take-except fate has just give her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker/

Velveteen can't help herself when it comes to breaking rules . . . or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

Velveteen had me extremely excited and hopeful. See, as you may know, I have this wish for an amazing heroine who is not only strong, but also psychotic and really, really MAD. And this made me squeal, and go "Oh my GOSH!! CAN IT BE???"
Eh . . . Not really.

It begins with Velvet haunting Bonesaw. She's messing up his home, screwing his life up, and the regular. And I thought, "oh yes, we're in business". But then it went downhill. Because that's not the main story.
A bad revolution is.
How boring. How cliche. How un-creative.
*bangs head against the wall*

Basically, this depends on your tastes and expectations. If this seems like your book, great!! If you're thinking it'll be awesome because of the summary, be cautious. Try it out, but don't get too excited. Here's why:

1.) Velveteen is strong and angry, yes. But she gets really distracted, and her actions are puzzling. She's kind of psychotic, but her character was really messy. She supposedly was a goth chic who was failing most of her classes, but her vocabulary in this book is pretty dang spectacular for that type of student. Also, her taste in men goes against the goth "regular".
2.) If you read the summary and are drooling over the cover, thinking "My, oh my, this guy seems H-O-T-T! Might he be broody and dark, or maybe sexy and charming?"
Well, one, his name is Nick. And two, he is a jock. And three (slap me, please) he is described as "looking like Adonis". Like, he actually had blue eyes and blonde hair, NOT gray-green eyes and black hair like the COVER MODEL. And four . . . Well he was just boring. Nice, but infinitely boring.
3.) [The biggest one for me]
The writing was so dang choppy. Took me a whole week to finish this one, setting me back on my weekly book quota.

I still advise you to try this out, but the summary is really misleading and it really depends on your taste. If the first three or four chapters don't appeal to you, you won't like the book at all. But you never know- you might end up loving it!
Thanks for stopping by! xoxo-

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